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News reports translated from Indonesian language news sources.

Baswedan 'still respects Rizieq' despite claims FPI leader was used to win election
Tempo – February 23, 2018
Mardani Ali Sera has clarified a statement by sacked Alumni Presidium 212 founder Faizal Assegaf who said that Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan used Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Habib Rizieq Shihab to win the Jakarta election.

Sacked Alumni 212 founder says Baswedan used FPI leader Rizieq Shihab to win election
Tempo – February 22, 2018
Recently sacked founder of the Presidium Alumni 212, Faizal Assegaf, has accused Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan of using Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Habib Rizieq Shihab to win the Jakarta gubernatorial election.

Depok forms anti-LGBT taskforce to tackle spread of LGBT among youth
Kompas.com – February 19, 2018
The Depok municipal government is working to anticipate the spread of socially deviant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) behaviour among youth in the Depok city area.

University deploys fully armed troops to stop students from meeting with Jokowi
Catatan Kaki – February 15, 2018
Students planning to convey concerns their about the commercialisation of education to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the Hasanuddin University (Unhas) in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar have been blocked by fully armed soldiers and paramilitary police.

Moeldoko wants more military and police in villages, 'minute by minute' surveillance
Kompas.com – February 14, 2018
Presidential chief-of-staff Moeldoko has mooted an increasing in the number of non-commissioned officers (Babinsa) and police (Babinkamtibmas) assigned to villages in Indonesia.

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Gov't fails to address past human rights abuses: Report
Jakarta Globe – February 23, 2018
Indonesia failed to address past human rights violations despite promises from top officials and commitments by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, a new report on Thursday (22/02) showed.

Gov't approach in tackling hate speech is wrong: Human rights group
Jakarta Globe – February 23, 2018
Amnesty International Indonesia on Thursday (22/02) pointed out that the government's approach to tackle hate speech in the country has blindsided minority groups.

Revised criminal code will impact human rights in Indonesia
Jakarta Globe – February 23, 2018
The finalization of the current draft revisions to the criminal code, or KUHP, will have a serious impact on human rights in the archipelago, Usman Hamid, executive director of Amnesty International Indonesia, warned on Thursday (22/02).

Beyond the bounds of democracy: DPR consolidates its power
Indonesia at Melbourne – February 23, 2018
While most of Indonesian civil society was up in arms about controversial revisions to the Criminal Code (KUHP) last week, the national legislature quietly went about passing a separate piece of revised legislation, and one with just as grave consequences for democracy.

Komnas HAM collects 162 graves data of 1965 massacre victims
Tempo – February 22, 2018
The Human Rights Commission or Komnas HAM is still processing the report on the findings of 162 mass grave sites of 1965 massacre victims.

Rizieq Shihab homecoming fiasco sparks conflict among 212 members
Tempo – February 21, 2018
The 212 Alumni spokesman Aminuddin demanded the 212 alumni brotherhood (PA 212) to issue an official apology for spreading misleading information regarding the homecoming of Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab.

East Timor's latest attempt to find the body of its first PM Nicolau dos Reis Lobato
ABC News – February 21, 2018
For a man held up as a national hero, relatively little is written about Nicolau dos Reis Lobato -­ especially outside East Timor. But some Timorese are hoping one chapter -- about Lobato's death -- might soon be complete.


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Indonesia: Environment activists in Tumpang Pitu sentenced to 10-month imprisonment
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – February 8, 2018
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the Banyuwangi district court's sentence of Mr. Heri Budiawan alias Budi Pego, an environment activist, to 10-months imprisonment.

Indonesia: The visit of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights should bring changes
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement – February 8, 2018
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply appreciates the visit to the Republic of Indonesia of Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It took place between 4 to 7 February 2018.

RSF's decries journalist's expulsion from Indonesia's Papua region
Reporters Without Boarders Statement – February 6, 2018
After the BBC's Indonesia editor was expelled from the country's easternmost Papua region last weekend over a tweet, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) again urges the Indonesian authorities to allow journalists to report freely in the troubled region, which continues to be an information black hole.

Hopefully PIF Secretary General will raise West Papua with Julie Bishop
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release – February 6, 2018
AWPA hopes the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor who is in Canberra this week will raise the human rights situation in West Papua with Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Indonesia: Criminal justice reforms and human rights accountability urgently needed
Asian Human Rights Commission – February 4, 2018
An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Indonesia: New military chief should tackle abuses
Human Rights Watch Statement – January 24, 2018
New York – The Indonesian military should deter abuses by its personnel and hold human rights violators accountable, Human Rights Watch said in a letter made public today to the new Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) commander, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto. President Widodo named Tjahjanto, the former air force chief, to the position on January 18.

Indonesia: Papua faces health emergency
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement – January 22, 2018
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned about the health crisis facing Asmat regency in Papua, Indonesia. So far, 68 children have died from measles and serious malnutrition in Asmat.

Indonesia: Failure to confront intolerance
Human Rights Watch Statement – January 18, 2018
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's government is failing to confront increasing intolerance that has led to discrimination and violence against the country's most vulnerable minorities, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018.

Statements, press releases, solidarity and urgent appeals are archived under their country specific page/section, which can be selected from the drop-down menu on the left.


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News, in-depth reports and analysis focusing on political developments in the Asia Pacific region.

Indonesia: Indonesia's minority report
New Mandala – February 14, 2018
Late last month, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) issued its 2017 Democracy Index report. In what was a grim year worldwide for five broad categories of democratic indicators – electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture, and civil liberties – the worst performing country was Indonesia.

Indonesia: Absent Ahok, anti-Chinese sentiment on artists' minds at Indonesia shows that test the bounds of tolerance
South China Morning Post – November 17, 2017
There isn't a single image of jailed former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to be seen, but the man commonly referred to by his Hakka Chinese nickname Ahok looms large at one of the biggest events on the Indonesian art calendar.

Indonesia: Why is the Industrial Relations Court failing workers?
Indonesia at Melbourne – November 15, 2017
Every International Labour Day, workers across Indonesia conduct major protests against outsourcing, low wages, and workforce liberalisation policies. This is perhaps to be expected but more surprising are the calls in recent years for the Industrial Relations Court to be closed down.

Indonesia: Behind Indonesia's illiberal turn
New Mandala – October 20, 2017
The past year or so has seen conspicuous setbacks to Indonesian democracy's capacity to protect many social rights, including of some of the more vulnerable members of society – most notably women, religious and sexual minorities, and victims of the 1965-66 mass killings.

Indonesia: A new ideological contestation emerging in Indonesia?
ISEAS Perspectives – October 19, 2017
A long period of ideological vacuum in mainstream politics came to an end in the lead-up to the 2014 presidential elections and was further confirmed in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial elections.

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Indonesia says Uncle Sam to lift last bans on Kopassus troops
The Australian – February 21, 2018
Indonesia says the US has undertaken to lift the remaining restrictions on engagement with Indonesia's Kopassus special forces, ending a 19-year ban on the unit linked to civilian killings and human rights abuses in West Papua, Aceh and East Timor.

Intolerance, identity politics on the rise ahead of 2018 and 2019 elections
Jakarta Globe – February 21, 2018
Indonesians would do well to keep to their official national motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, or unity in diversity, ahead of June's regional elections and next year's legislative and presidential elections, one hundred prominent public leaders said in a joint statement in Jakarta on Tuesday (20/02).

FPI faithful wait for Rizieq airport, unsurprisingly another no show
Coconuts Jakarta – February 21, 2018
There had been talk that the fugitive founder of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Rizieq Shihab, would be flying back to Indonesia from his hiding place of Saudi Arabia this morning since photos supposedly showing his return ticket to Jakarta were posted online.

Amien Rais demands president Jokowi to drop Rizieq Shihab case
Tempo – February 20, 2018
The 212 alumni presidium advisory council chairman Amien Rais urged President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to stop on what he claims the attempts to criminalize ulemas (Muslim scholar), such as the pornography criminal case entangling Rizieq Shihab.

Indonesia suspends infrastructure projects after string of accidents
Reuters – February 20, 2018
Indonesia suspended on Tuesday the construction of elevated infrastructure projects, including rail and roads, after a series of accidents raised questions about the safety of a government drive to upgrade transport networks.

Q4 foreign debt grows by 10 percent: BI
Jakarta Post – February 20, 2018
Bank Indonesia has said Indonesian foreign debts in both the public and private sectors increased by 10.1 percent year on year (yoy) to US$352.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Indonesia's anti-gay drive should concern all Asia
Nikkei Asian Review – February 19, 2018
Indonesia's growing moral and political panic about sexuality has now produced draft laws that could criminalize sex outside marriage, and same-sex conduct.

New Indonesia web system blocks more than 70,000 'negative' sites
Reuters – February 19, 2018
Indonesia has blocked more than 70,000 websites displaying "negative" content such as pornography or extremist ideology in the first month of using a new system to help purge the internet of harmful material, the communications minister told Reuters.

Former president Suharto's son among new contenders for 2019 Indonesian elections
Channel News Asia – February 19, 2018
Indonesia's General Elections Commission (KPU) on Saturday (Feb 17) declared that 14 political parties will participate in next year's legislative and presidential elections, with the addition of four new contenders.

Indonesia's military craves more power
Asia Times – February 19, 2018
To the consternation of pro-democracy activists and those with grim memories of ex-president Suharto's authoritarian rule, Joko Widodo's government continues to mull over legislation that would give the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) a wider counterterrorism role.

'Alumni' leader: Rizieq should learn from 'noble' Ahok and face the law
Coconuts Jakarta – February 19, 2018
Since he became a fugitive from Indonesian justice 10 months ago after being named a suspect in a high-profile pornography case, every few months there have been announcements that Rizieq Shihab, the founder of the FPI, would leave his hiding place of Saudi Arabia and return to Jakarta in the near future.

Indonesia not yet ready for the automated era
Jakarta Globe – February 19, 2018
The government must prepare Indonesia's workforce to be competitive to anticipate future challenges associated with coming technological advancements, especially in business, a former deputy foreign minister said on Sunday (18/02).

Indonesia helps finance Melanesian Spearhead Group secretariat
Radio New Zealand International – February 19, 2018
Indonesia's government has been helping fund the Melanesian Spearhead Group's secretariat. The secretariat, based in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila, has experienced funding limitations in recent years.

Thai activists plan more protests ahead of coup anniversary in May
Reuters – February 18, 2018
A group of pro-democracy activists in Thailand said on Saturday (17/02) that it plans to hold more public protests, despite threat of arrests, to demand the military government not to delay a general election scheduled for November this year.

Accidents mar Indonesia's fast-and-furious infrastructure program
Nikkei Asian Review – February 18, 2018
A string of accidents is threatening to undermine Indonesian President Joko Widodo's signature infrastructure development drive.

West Papua one step closer to MSG membership, says Wenda
Asia Pacific Report – February 17, 2018
West Papua's application to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group has gained traction, with MSG leaders referring the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) request to the MSG Secretariat for deliberation.

House supports BNN to perform urine drug test on all celebrities
Tempo – February 17, 2018
The House of Representatives Commission III member Ahmad Sahroni demanded National Narcotics Agency (BNN) to take a proactive measure by getting all celebrities in Indonesia tested for drugs in the event of high cases of celebrities arrested for drugs early this year.

Aung San Suu Kyi 'complicit' in Rohingya slaughter: UN investigator
Sydney Morning Herald – February 17, 2018
The United Nations investigator of human rights in Myanmar has accused Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of "complicity" in the slaughter of Rohingya Muslims, an event which has the "hallmarks of genocide".

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